The White House’s top COVID-19 adviser urged Minnesotans to stay vigilant and reduce the spread of the infectious disease before winter weather comes and everyone will be forced indoors and transmission risks increase. Dr. Deborah Birx was in St. Paul on Sunday to meet with state officials, including Gov. Tim Walz. Birx said while much of the attention to reduce the spread of the virus has been focused on restaurants and public places, people need to take the same precautions in their personal and family gatherings.